Buy and sell on eBay Malaysia

eBay Malaysia
eBay Malasyia

Many people buy and sell on eBay in Malaysia. In fact, eBay has set up a specific link for Malaysians to use eBay: It is:

eBay is an online marketplace that has more than 200 million users worldwide. It was created in San Francisco for people to buy and sell all kinds of used goods, but has grown into a marketplace where you can find pretty much anything you can dream of.

It is an easy platform to use for people wanting to sell goods and people seeing to buy. 

The first step is engaging with eBay Malaysia is to get registered. The registration link can be found on the top left corner of the site next to the “Sign In” link. Click the link and register your information and then check your email inbox for a confirmation email.

Now you can start shopping or selling on eBay. Use your user ID and password to log-in t the web site to start your shopping or buying experience.

What is Nasi Lemak?

Nasi Lemak is a famous Malaysian dish that translates to creamy rice, although the word “lemak” means fat or oily.

Ask any working man or woman in Malaysia what their favorite Malaysian food is and you’ll hear back some version of: “Nasi Lemak, though it makes me fat.” And then the person will rub their belly.

Try it with any cab driver in Kuala Lumpur and 8 out of 10 will give you a similar answer. Unlike the rideshare drivers of Grab, the old school taxi drivers are middle-aged Malaysian men. They are the working class of Kuala Lumpur and they are predictable and lovely as heck.

And indeed nasi lemak is certainly fattening if you eat too much of it.

Its name comes from the coconut-infused rice that is the primary base of the dish. And while nasi lemak is known as Malaysia’s most famous breakfast dish, it is eaten any time of the day in the country.

Nasi Lemak consists of steamed coconut rice topped with sambal, a savory, spicy red sauce. It is garnished with cut cucumbers, dried anchovies, peanuts, and a boiled egg. And, is typically served with some sort of protein. Usually, that is fried chicken, squid, shrimp, and sometimes beef.

You’ll find nasi lemak served in most Malaysian restaurants, typically at a cost of 5 ringgit (RM), which is approximately US$1.25. The upsell to an additional protein might drive the price up to a cost of 7 to 10 RM.

Most useful words and phrases in the Malay language

Here are the 100 most important words and phrases in the Malay language, which locally is referred to as Bahasa Melayu. While the vast majority (some say 70%) of Malaysians speak functional English, it doesn’t hurt to learn a few words, which will help you get by. Even if the Malaysian your speaking to has a grasp of English their pronunciation is not always good, so it can be difficult to understand them. Typically they can understand what you say more proficiently than speaking English back to you.

How to say hi and bye in Malay

Let’s start simple with greetings:

To say hi, you say hi
To say hello, you say Halo
To say goodbye you say selamat tinggal, which in a literal translation means happy stay.
To say good morning, use: selamat pagi (sounds like “pag-ee”)
To say good afternoon, use selamat tengah hari (sounds like “teen-gah har-ee”)
To say good evening, then say selamat petang (sounds like “puh-tong”)
And to finally say good night, you would say: selamat malam (sounds like “mah-lahm”)

Malay words that show good manners

How to say Hello! and Goodbye in Malaysian!
To say please, you would say sila

To say thank you, you’d say termia kasih (pron: teri-mah ka-see)
To say you are welcome, you’d say sama-sama

Meeting people

Here is how to say “My name is …” in Malaysian:

Nama saya ialah

Counting in Malaysian 

Here is translation of basic numbers

gosong (“go-song”) = zero
sato (“sat-too”) = one
dua (“doo-uhh”) = two
tiga (“tee-guh”) = three
empat (“um-paht”)= four
lima (“lee-muh”) = five
enam (“uhh-nom”) = six
tujuh (“too jew”)= = seven
lapan (“lah-pahn”) = eight
sembilan (pronounced “sem-bee-lan”) = nine
sepuluh (“seh-poo-loo”) = ten

Food words in Malay

Water = Air
Beer = Bir
Chicken = Ayam
Pork = Babi
BeefDaging lembu
Steak = Stik
Fish = Ikan
Shrimp = Udang
Squid = Sotong
Crab = Ketam
Rice = Nasi (also Beras)
Fried = Goreng
Nasi Kandar = Mixed Rice
Nasi Lemak = Coconut milk-infused rice (“creamy rice”) dish served for breakfast
Lemak  = Fat, oily, but in the context of Nasi Lemak, it means “creamy”
Rendang = Spicy meat dish
Nasi Redang = Red rice

Maps of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Before we left North America and arrived in Malaysia, we wanted to get a sense of where Kuala Lumpur was in Malaysia and where it was in relation to Singapore and Thailand. And so we looked for maps to help us visualize KL’s location. 

And so, we created and collected the maps below to do just that for you to help you with your research on relocating to or visiting Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. Some of the maps are embedded and are dynamic and others can be expanded if clicked on.

The city of Kuala Lumpur in Western Malaysia is not far from the coast. Shown here in Google Maps.

Malaysia and its capital Kuala Lumpur on Google Maps.

Kuala Lumpur Google Maps
Kuala Lumpur map from Google Maps

Kuala Lumpur shown on a world map. Click to see large version.

This map shows the location Kuala Lumpur on planet earth. The city is in the west central part of the western Malaysia peninsular . It is centrally located in Southeast Asia, only a few hours flight from cities like Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore, and countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and even Australia (5 hours by air).

satellite map of kuala lumpur
Satellite map of Kuala Lumpur

This satellite map of greater Kuala Lumpur shows how extensive the city and its suburbs are all the way west to the Port of Klang (Kelang).

map of Kuala Lumpur landmarks
Map of Kuala Lumpur landmarks. Click to see larger version.

This Kuala Lumpur map shows some of the city’s landmarks including the famed Petronas Towers, the KL Tower, the Islamic Arts Museum and KL Bird Park.

Distance from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (click to enlarge)

The distance from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is shown on this map. It is 234 miles or 377 km to fly and takes about 45 minutes. It takes about 4 hours to drive between the two cities.

What language is spoken in Malaysia?

Malaysia is a country where people speak multiple languages, however the primary national language is known as Malaysian or some refer to it as simply Malay.

Bahasa Melayu

Malaysians refer to their language as Bahasa Melayu. Literally translated means “Malay language”. It is also sometimes referred to as Malaysian. This is spoken by the general population and is taught to school children. It is also the language of government.

English is the language of business

English is the language of business in Malaysia and the majority of Malaysians speak, or at least understand, some English. It is taught to children in school. It is common to see English on billboards, in retail outlets and in public advertising. So it is not difficult for English speakers to navigate Malaysia.

In Kuala Lumpur and larger cities like Johor Bahru, in the south of the Malaysian peninsula, almost everyone speaks some English, with varying levels of understanding and literacy. This is largely due to its proximity to Singapore, which has adopted English as its language of business, as well. Outside the urban areas, English is used less, although there is usually someone around who can communicate in English, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

Common languages in Malaysia

There are three primary ethnic groups in Malaysia and each one has a unique culture, heritage, and language.  They include ethnic Malays, Malay Chinese and Malay Indians. The Malay Chinese typically speak English, Malaysian, and one or more Chinese dialects. You will hear Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien.

Indians tend to be Tamils and so they speak the Tamil language. That said, you will hear Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati, as well. The new generation of Indians have started mixing Malay and English words with their respective dialects.

In Sarawak and Sabah, which is Malaysian territory that consists of the northern part of the Island of Borneo, additional indigenous languages are spoken. Iban is the main tribal language in Sarawak while Dusunic and Kadazan languages are spoken by the natives in Sabah.

Across Malaysia, it is estimated that 137 languages are spoken by various groups.

The languages of expats

It is common to hear a variety of Western languages in areas of Kuala Lumpur frequented by expats. You will hear various accented English spoken by the British, Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders. It is also common to hear German, French or Spanish. Chinese expats living in Malaysia speak Mandarin. You will also hear Filipino and Indonesian, especially among domestic and agricultural workers.


Any English speaker will be bemused to see how Malaysians have adopted English as their second language and then blended it with Malay in some cases to make it recognizable, but not always linguistically orthodox. Often odd English phrases are used that would make puritanical English speaking copyeditors cringe and yet they are in common usage in public places. Some expats call this Malenglish.

What language is spoken in Malaysia?

What is Nasi Lemak?

Nasi Lemak is a famous Malaysian dish that translates to creamy rice, although the word “lemak” means fat or oily.

Maps of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A collection of maps of Kuala Lumpur, showing you where the capital city is in relation to the rest of the country and the world. Also additional specialty maps.